Health Canada Advises Canadians To Refrain From E-cigarettes

Back in March or 2009 Health Canada advised Canadians not to buy or use e-cigarettes. This is because their quality, efficacy and safety have not been fully established and they might pose health risks.

Electronic smoking products are available in various forms such as e-cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars and pipes. There are other related products as well, for example, cartridges containing nicotine solutions. These products are regulated by the Food and Drugs Act. According to the Act, market authorization is to be obtained prior to importing, advertising and selling these products. Therefore, the sale of these products amounts to non-compliance with the Act. This is because market authorization has not been given for any of the electronic smoking products.

In Canada, several brands of electronic cigarettes,e- pipes, e-cigars, e-cartridges containing nicotine solutions and related products were being marketed in the recent times through brick and mortar stores and on the Internet. The electronic smoking products are designed to mimic the traditional products. The vapor they produce resembles smoke and the LED glowing at the tip creates the feeling of a cigarette tip. They also consist of a cartridge with a mechanism to vaporize the e-liquid contained in it. The cartridges come in different levels of nicotine content and a combination of propylene glycol and other chemicals.

Whereas the toxic nicotine is highly addictive, inhalation of propylene glycol causes irritation. E-cigarettes are often touted as a safe alternative to quit smoking conventional tobacco products, but they are capable of causing nicotine-in-electronic-cigarette-liquid-can-be-lethal nicotine poisoning as well as addiction. For additional information on nicotine, addiction, etc, please visit Health Canada’s website.

Health Canada has not authorized the sale of any electronic smoking product in the country. However, the agency has approved the sale of several smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, nicotine patches and nicotine lozenges.

It is very important to keep e-cigarettes and related products out of children’s reach always because of the possibility of nicotine poisoning and risk of choking. Nicotine can be poisonous to children, pregnant women, heart patients, young people, nursing mothers and aged people.

Therefore, those who are involved in advertising or selling of electronic cigarettes and related products must immediately stop their activities. Those who are interested in applying for appropriate establishment licenses and market authorizations can check with Health Canada for more information.

Additionally, it is recommended that all Canadians who have used e-cigarettes or related products may consult with a health care professional if they are worried about their health.

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